Saturday, April 13, 2013

Zendala Dare #53, an anniversary, and a giveaway!

What a reaction?  I didn't think you guys would get so defensive about a few circles!  When I voiced my dislike of the circles last week I didn't realize I needed to brace for the backlash.  Maybe I should have clarified that I don't hate circles in general, I just find them very challenging in Zentangles.  I love all the rounded shapes found in nature, I just don't want to draw them in such a perfect fashion.  I appreciate the lively conversation it generated and don't worry, I will make sure to still include plenty of circles in the templates.  These templates are for you so I love that you all sounded off about what you like!

As for other events this week, there are two important ones.  This week my cousin reminded me that it was my Aunt Wynel's birthday.  We lost her almost 14 years ago and I still think about her all the time.

Aunt Wynel, my mother and I at my 1st birthday party
Aunt Wynel was a truly amazing person.  A mother of four, a fantastic aunt and a genuinely good person.  She believed in faith, family and cream of mushroom soup.  She made the best apple and pumpkin pies and was an amazing cook of just about everything else, especially her cheesy cauliflower that my mother still cooks for holidays.  Aunt Wynel was my father's only sibling and even though I know they had their differences they had a special relationship.  My mother was also lucky enough to have a great relationship with my aunt and respected her greatly.  Every....single.....time my aunt and father were in a room together my father would  pretend that he had a mouse in his hand and would chase her around the house.  Aunt Wynel would run scared around the house squealing and shrieking and all the kids would laugh, and laugh, and laugh.  To this day I'm not sure if it was all a show for the kids or if she was really afraid of mice.  

One night my mom dropped me off at Aunt Wynel's house so I could spend the night with my cousin Christine who is 7 or eight years older than me. I was about 7 years old at the time.   My Uncle Lowell had to work that night so my aunt decided to take my cousin and I out to dinner at a local mexican restaurant.  When the waitress came to take our order my aunt ordered two virgin strawberry daiquiris for my cousin and I.  I had seen my mom drink daiquiris and margaritas and knew that they had alcohol in them and that they were not meant for children.  When the drinks arrived I just stared at mine but my aunt kept prompting me to try it.  Finally I just broke down crying and told her I didn't want "to be forced to drink alcohol because it's for adults."  My aunt tried to control herself but could not resist laughing and then explained to me that "virgin" meant it didn't have any alcohol.  My cousin, my aunt, and I all had a good laugh and even though I felt a little stupid, it was ok because I knew Aunt Wynel was laughing with me, not at me.  I can still here her laugh today.  

Now for another important event.  Exactly one year ago today I posted the very first Zendala Dare!!!!!!  That first Dare took me 8 hours just to get it posted.  I had to figure out so many details and I remember thinking to myself "I'll never do this again!"  But we are now up to Dare #53 and I am happy to say it is a much smoother process.  I could never have anticipated gaining so many faithful, supportive and interesting readers.  I get so many encouraging comments and emails about how much you enjoy the Dare, and that support truly warms my heart. As a thank you I would love to do a giveaway.  I am giving away six 2013 Tangle - a - Day calendars by Carole Ohl.  Carole writes a great blog, Open Seed Arts, and produces the tangle a day calendars. 
The paper is a dream to work on, there is a ton of inspiration, and it is a great canvas to try things out that you may not want to try on your tiles.  You may think it is weird to give away a calendar in the middle of April, but to be honest, I don't use it as a calendar.  I use it as a way to try out tangles before I incorporate them into a tile and to easily keep track of them.   I think you will find many uses for your new calendar, but first you need to enter using Rafflecopter!  Each reader to can enter up to 5 times and here's how:

You have probably noticed by now that I updated my blog look 2 weeks ago.  In the upper left of the blog you will see some social networking buttons.  Some of those buttons are links to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  You get one entry for each one you choose to follow.  Additionally you can get another entry by following this blog for a total of 5 entries. If you already follow, you can still enter, just note that you are a follower in Rafflecopter.   Enter below and I will post the 6 winners next week!


Zendala Dare #53

Sometime when I create a template, I combine shapes that create new shapes I wasn't trying to create.  Sometimes it's good, sometimes not so good.  In this case it was a very good thing.  I love how this template ended up.




Due to circumstance completely under my control (I forgot to charge my camera battery) you will have to wait until tonight to see my wonderful creation.  Make sure to link up below so other's can see your work!


Thank you again for a wonderful year of Zendala Dare submissions, positive feedback and Zentangle commraderie.
I am so thankful for you all!



48 comments:

  1. hi erin, already 10pm here in switzerland - but i just couldn't go to bed without checking first :D thank you so much for the new template - looks interesting. since i already have an awesome tangle a day calendar i will pass this time! oooo and HAPPY 1st anniversary! doesn't time flies recently?
    take care and enjoy the weekend!

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    1. Zasa, your so funny. I can't believe you stayed up for the dare! I will try to post a little earlier when I can so you can get to sleep! Thanks so much for your kind words.

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    2. lol - not that i would really be in bed at 10pm ;)

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  2. Like Zasa, before going to bed I check your site because i'm curious if the new Dare has arrived. And not only has it indeed arrived, but it's a whole year of Dare's now.
    I like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH Erin!!!!! You managed to give us dare's in spite of your very busy life.
    I also want to say CONGRATULATION because this is quite a milestone.
    So, once again: Thank you, for this Dare's that I LOVE!

    Annemarie

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    1. Anne, Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm even a little surpised that I made it to a year but I love doing the Dare and can't think of stopping anytime soon. Thanks for participating

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  3. I, too, have been waiting here in old Europe for the newest dare to emerge. It's now about 22:40 (10:45 pm) in Germany.
    This zendala outline is a work of art, almost too beautiful to scribble on!
    Thanks again for providing us with such fun every week. I'm now going to postpone bedtime and have a go at #53!

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    1. Faith, i agree, when a good template comes along you just have to tangle. Hope you get some sleep eventually!

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  4. I haven't participated in much of the dares; although I have tangled some, I'm usually too late to upload it before the next challenge starts. But every Saturday evening I come check out the blog and read what has been going on in your life (it's much more interesting than mine :P ) and check out the next zendala on my to-do-list - which is growing and growing and ...
    Anyway, I love your blog, love the zendala's you create and all of the artwork everyone creates every week. Keep it up for another X years!

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    1. Myrea, I'm glad you enjoy my personal stories. Sometimes I wonder if I should include them or just stick to the Dares. I want my blog to be about more than just Zentangle (did I just say that!) so I think I'll keep letting you in on what I'm doing! lol

      Just so you know, there is no deadline on entering your Dares. You could even go all the way back to #1 and participate if you wanted. I still get notificaiton all the time that people are checking old Dares and sharing their work. Thanks so much for participating.

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  5. Congrats Erin with your zendala birthday anniversary. I only participate in them since august 2012 but I even can't wait every saterday before going to bed what the new template is. I have so much fun doing this templates, and even since a week of two I have infected my 12 year old daughter with the zentangle virus. She already loved to color mandalas so zendalas is her favorite part of zentangling! Thanks for al those beautiful templates!

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    1. I'm happy to hear that your daughter has become addicted to tangling! I know lots of people (even adults!) that love to color the templates and it's such a nice activity for the two of you to do together. Thanks for being a faithful reader!

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  6. Congrats on your one year mark! I am happy to say I have not missed once to enter, being a slight bit obsessive about such things. I love your blog. Today it took me to memories of my own special aunt. A pleasant journey, thanks.

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    1. Cathy, I'm so flattered to hear that you have completed EVERY Dare. Thats amazing! Thanks you for being such a loyal reader. Here's to another year of Zendala Dares!

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  7. Happy 1st Birthday / Anniversary of your Dare Erin. I only discovered Zentangle 10 months ago and since then have become hooked! I am fascinated by patterns, tangle patterns and floor & wall tiles, building architecture, anything in fact and I take pictures. After I found your blog I entered most weeks when I could. Being newly retired, we are travelling while we are still able and sometimes do not get the internet. But, while away, I am thinking of drawing tangles, zia's and zendala's most of the time. Thank you for feeding my addiction.

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    1. Chrissie, I'm jealous of all your traveling but glad to hear you are enjoying the Dares. I will be happy to feed your addiction for another year!

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    2. Thanks Erin, more travelling to come this year but not a planned visit to USA at the moment. I will get internet somewhere on my travels and join in when I can. If not I will take photos of patterns!!

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  8. Hi Erin! Congratulations on your 1st Blogiversary! I love the weekly Zendala dare and have done quite a few of them without sharing. Thank you so much for doing them every week and for having this wonderful give-a-way!

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    1. Tammy, thanks for all your kind words. Why haven't you been posting your work. I'm sure the other participants would love to see your work. If you are having trouble posting, please let me know and I will help out any way I can.

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  9. Wow, Erin, what a gorgeous template! It almost doesn't need any tangles at all.

    And congrats on your 1 year anniversary. I love coming to your blog each week to see what you have for us. I now have a wonderful collection of beautiful zendalas, although I've given away or sold lots of them.

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    1. Karen, Thanks for being such a loyal reader. I always look forward to your comments each week. I'm happy to hear that you are selling your Zendalas. That must give you great satisfaction. I look forward to taking on another year of Dares with you!

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  10. This template is gorgeous!! I can't wait to do this zendala. It's been a while since I've had time to do one.

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    1. Glad to hear that your ready to get back in the game! These are so much fun and I think you will really enjoy the template this week.

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  11. Congrats Erin on your one year anniversary. I found your blog some time in June of last year. I eagerly joined in on the fun and haven't missed a Zendala. I even went back to the beginning of 2012 and did all those Zendalas. It's been such fun. Thank you so much for all your efforts with the Zendalas, for sharing your life, and hanging in there with the Zendalas through thick and thin.

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    1. Wow Ronnie! That takes some real commitment to backtrack and do all those older Zendala Dares! I appreciate all your kind words and look forward to seeing your work each week!

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  12. Love the story about your Aunt Wynel. And congrats on your one year anniversary. I've only been doing these zendalas for a few months, and thanks to that I have been learning so much. I've now graduated from stalker to follower.

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    1. Kelly, I love it when I can convert my stalkers! lol. Aunt Wynel was a great woman and appreciate you taking the time to read about her. It's nice to hear that you are learning so much from the blog. Please email me if you have and questions or need any help.

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  13. Twelve hours or so after my first comment I did get some sleep after all and have now managed to finish two contrasting versions of the beautiful outline. Thanks Erin and have a great sunday!

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    1. Faith, I took a look at your entries and they are stunning!

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  14. it's like a big, beautiful flower! i love it! and - circles were the bain of my existence when i started the art of zentangle. someone suggested i do tiles of nothing but circles, to go slowly and close the ends - i took her at her word, and now i'm a circle making fool :) you, too, can be a circle making fool, erin. hehehehe!

    your aunt wynel sounds like she was a marvelous lady! what wonderful, wonderful memories you have. i am always glad when you share memories with us - it makes us like family :) in a strange sort of way :) have a great week! alice, creator's leaf

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    1. Alice, I'm glad you enjoy the stories because some times I question if I should include them but I think they are all an important component of who I am and in many cases, give insight to my creative side. And yes, I definately consider us a family. Glad you are part of it!

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    1. Laura, Thanks for the congrats. I am only successful because I learned from the master!!! : )

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  16. I'm thrilled you made it to a year, because I did my first of your dares today! I'm excited to work forward through this next year with you! Thanks.

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    1. Wow Jen! So glad you found me! I look forward to providing you with another year of templates. I can't wait to see your first Dare!

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  17. Congratulations Erin on turning 1 :) I look forward to your Dares and print and do all three! I discovered your Dares in June 2012 and my first Dare was #11 and it took me no time at all to catch up - I would like to say I haven't missed any, however, last week (#52) I didn't get round to starting one ( I did print them though) I'll catch up soon :) Keep up the good work and a big thank you, all the way from sunny Australia!

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    1. LIla, Doing all three? Wow, that is a Dare! Glad to hear you are enjoying the templates.

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  18. Congratulations Erin on your one year of Zendala's! Even though I don't get to participate as often as I'd like, I love seeing what you come up with every week and of course everyone's finished work. Your blog is a source of beautiful inspiration! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful templates.

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  19. Sue, Thank you for your kind words and for being a loyal reader!

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  20. Congrats on your one year! I am so impressed with all that you do. I can hardly wait to see what's going on each time that you post!

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  21. HI Erin,

    Thank you so much for this week's Dare. My first ever Dare/Challenge was to do yours last week. I'm not even sure I've uploaded them correctly. Anyway, it has been great doing the Dares....and COngRaTuLAtiOnS on reaching your 1 year.

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  22. Good afternoon from Missouri and CONGRATS on one year!!
    First, please forgive me, I somehow messed up when I used the linky machine and accidentally posted my #53 to the #52 board. UGGGGGG
    I've since reposted my entry for #53 into the correct spot. So sorry!
    Second . . . I've been lurking here for weeks trying to get up the courage to take your dare. I cannot believe the INCREDIBLE talent displayed by you and your entrants!! It blows me away.
    This week I decided to conquer my fear and do it. Now that I've viewed the other entries I see how elementary mine is but, for a first try, I'm pleased.
    Thanks SO MUCH for your weekly dare. You'll see me as a regular.

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  23. i like the angles if this template. Joyous work all!

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  24. I liked the plain template, but adding to it makes it even more fun. Thanks.

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  25. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary. Really enjoyed the story about your Aunt, fond memories are so special. I'm looking forward to your next year of templates.

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  26. Thanks, Erin, for your help with my posting to your site. It gave me an opportunity to revise my post. Check it out; it's better than ever! Diana Hirsch, CZT

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  27. Dear Erin,

    this is my first Zendala Dare I'm taking part in, so I hope, it's ok if I linked my pinned Zendala until I have a new blog for my Zentangle Stuff ;)

    This challenge was so much fun and I try to take part in the next ones as well. So I hope you will keep on going with your blog another year. Thanks a lot for your passion about zentangle that you share with each other.

    Janina (Germany)

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  28. It has been awhile since I had time to do a Zendella Dare. I do so enjoy the Zentagle process and I love that you get me started with your Dare ... Great that you made it through a whole year with all that you do and fingers crossed that you continue for many years to come. It sounds to me like you had a wonderful childhood and you are translating that into a remarkable adult life. Thank you for all you do for all of us ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  29. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. I have not been able to participate as consistently lately and I do miss it. Hoping to see many more templates. I enjoyed this one. Glad you started doing this. After my initial intimidation, I have grown to really like doing Zendalas.

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